tablesaw

Q & A: Sawing Aluminum

Q & A: Sawing Aluminum Q: Can I cut aluminum with my chop saw? A: Yes.Most carbide blades work fine for occasionally cutting aluminum, but we recommend using a special, non-ferrous metal-cutting blade (about $70) if you cut a lot of aluminum or brass. It’s safer to use than a standard...

Slot & Spline Paneled Door

Slot & Spline Paneled Door Hands down, the easiest way to make a frame-and-panel door. By Tom Caspar Purchase the complete version of this woodworking technique story from AWBookstore.com. A good-looking frame-and-panel door is really quite easy to make, if you keep it simple. The doors in this cabinet are held...

Soup Up Your Shop

Soup Up Your Shop The right accessories for maximizing your performance and safety. By Dave Munkittrick Here at American Woodworker we see a lot of tools and accessories.We’ve been impressed by how the right accessories—either store-bought or shop-made—can dramatically improve the performance, convenience and safety of shop tools. Most of us...

Accurize Your Tablesaw

Accurize Your Tablesaw Super-tune your saw for absolutely straight, smooth and burn-free cuts. By Richard Tendick When my contractor’s saw was new, it cut perfectly. Over the years, it gradually went out of whack. I’ll show you what I did to accurize it so that my blade cuts true again. Precisely...

Oops! Flying Sawdust

Oops! Flying Sawdust Last summer, due to the heat, I covered my portable saw with a canvas tarp and retreated to the cooler air inside my basement shop. The saw sat under the canvas for two months, until I needed to cut some boards that were too long and unwieldy to...

More Visible Scrolling

    A scrollsaw blade can be tough to see as it goes up and down 1,000 times or more per minute. This can make it hard to follow your line. An easy solution is to spray paint the blades a bright color.          

Double-Duty Roller Tables

Double-Duty Roller Tables I like getting double duty out of my tools whenever possible. So, when I decided to build outfeed tables for my miter saw and tablesaw, I worked up this dual-use design. The roller tables are simple to switch between machines and take up very little space when I...

Tablesaw Tapering Jig

Tablesaw Tapering Jig I recently built a pair of garden benches that required several identical parts that were tapered on both sides. To make the job easier, I built this jig that worked for both angles. The two screws make setting the angles quick and precise. On the first cut, the...

Pivoting Outfeed Support

Pivoting Outfeed Support I recently saw an outfeed stand that had a pivoting top. The pivoting action prevents a workpiece from catching the front edge of the outfeed top. Instead, the top just pivots up level as the workpiece passes over it. I figured I could make something similar that would...